Monday, April 18, 2011

Cheru Payar Payasam / Green Gram Dal Pudding

                           Happy Vishu To All My Dear Friends
We all know that Vishu is a festival celebrated all over Kerala. The most important event in vishu is the Vishukkani which literally “the first thing to be seen on the vishu day post waking up”. As I grew up in Andhra, I didn’t now much about this festival. Later on I knew the importance of this festival and how each and every keralite celebrated this with much fanfare and vigor in Kerala. So I thought of making this payasam for vishu as my Husband likes this a lot. All these years I was thinking of making this payasam as a very hectic process of making coconut milk and boiling the gram dal and so on, but actually this is not much tiring and the end result is yummmmy …:)

  1. Cheru Payar / Greem gram dal- 1cup
  2. Thick Coconut milk- 1cup
  3. Thin coconut milk- 2cups
  4. Sago- ½ cup
  5. Jaggery- 1cup
  6. Dry ginger powder- 1tbsp
  7. Cumin seeds powder (roasted)- 1tsp
  8. Cardamom powder- 2tsp
  9. Cashewnuts-  few
  10. Raisins- few
  11. Ghee- 1tbsp

  1. Roast the green gram dal in a skillet till the raw smell disappears and cook this in cooker along with thin coconut milk till soft.
  2. Boil 1cup of water and cook sago in it. After it gets cooked, drain of the excess water and wash it in cold water. Keep it aside.
  3. Heat jaggery in water till it melts, then strain it using a sieve. This melted jaggery and sago is added to the cooked dal.
  4. Add the dry ginger powder, roasted cumin powder and cardamom powder and stir well.
  5. In this add thick milk and bring it to slow boil and turn off immediately.
  6. Heat ghee in a pan and roast cashewnuts and raisins. Add this to the above made payasam and serve warm.

To this we can add roasted coconut pieces.

I am sending this to Kerala Kitchen an series hosted by Ria.


  1. Lovely payasam! It looks very good and awesome.

  2. One of my favourite payasam...looks very inviting.

  3. Yummy yum kheer


  4. YUM! Love this kind of payasam - Miss my mom's! :(

  5. Yummy yumm payasam...hope you had a great day!!

  6. Dear Zareena
    How are you? I feel good reading your comment at my blog. Actually I had marked your blog to follow , but just got entangled with some work. Now I will read one by one.
    I like this payasam, never tasted it. I shall make it, as you know we bongs are very fond of sweets.
    Have a nice week

  7. one of my fav dish...looks super delicious..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  8. A great dish! So healthy and original. Thanks for sharing..
    US Masala

  9. wow this is a new one for me, looks so delicious!

  10. Looks very inviting. New to your space. Love to follow you:-)

  11. I can have one bowl of payasam now... vishu is gone.. had 2 payasams.. but still craving..

  12. Happy Vishu to you and family, Zari! Ever since Vishu, I keep bumping into too many payasam recipes and it's tempting my resolve..! Cheru payar is my favorite and I wanna have a glassful NOW, to satisfy my craving..!

  13. 3 Researches PROVE Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you literally burn fat by consuming coconut fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medical journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!


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